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The Wetherby Whaler helps paint the town at Martin House Children^s Hospice Colour Run

Article Date: 2015-07-21

The Wetherby Whaler in Wetherby helped to paint the town blue by sponsoring the blue paint used in the Martin House Children’s Hospice colour run.

A team of staff members from The Wetherby Whaler doused runners taking part in the colourful 3.5km run at Stockeld Park in blue paint, while seven members of staff from the Wetherby Whaler took part in the run.

Based on Grove Road in Boston Spa, The Martin House Children’s Hospice aims to provide family-led care for children with life-limiting conditions. It offers children, young people and their families a place they can stay from time to time along their journey and provides support, rest and practical help for people going through a tough and emotional time.

The Colour Run, which raised more than £10,000 for the hospice, saw hundreds of people running through a blaze of colour on a 3.5km course around Stockeld Park. Runners started the course in bright white t-shirts and finished covered in orange, green, purple, yellow and blue paint with their own unique work of art.

Janine Murphy, Owner of The Wetherby Whaler, said: "The Martin House Children’s Hospice does invaluable work with children, young people and their families in the local area, who are faced with such tough circumstances.

"We were really keen to get involved with any fundraising that we could and throwing paint on people was a fun way to spend the morning! We were really proud of our members of staff who gave up their free time and got involved with the event, particularly those who ran the colourful course. Everyone raised a great amount on the day, which will be donated to a worthy, local cause.”

Caroline Hudson, Event Manager from Martin House, said: "What an amazing event! More than 450 people joined in the fun and got covered in paint. We had a fantastic day and raised lots of money for the hospice. Without the support of our local community and businesses like The Wetherby Whaler, we wouldn’t be able to continue our care for the 340 children and their families who need us.”

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